Title: Miss Entropia and the Adam Bomb
Author: George Rabasa
Publisher: Unbridled Books
Publication Date: April 5, 2011
Paperback: 336 pages
No other obsession strikes as hard as the love that hits a teenaged boy — especially if he’s the sort of kid who is no saner than he wants to be. From the moment Adam Webb sees Francine Haggard—in the van that is supposed to return them to the Institute Loiseaux—the two young mental patients are inextricably connected. Adam will never let this girl go.
From hiding her in his bedroom to spiriting her away to Minnesota’s north woods, “Miss Entropia” becomes the focus of Adam’s every thought and of everything he does. He believes her to be a goddess, his own goddess.
But the pyromaniacal Miss Entropia will be neither worshiped nor owned. And so Adam’s possessiveness is destined to push her to the breaking point.
Theirs is an incendiary love story, an unbalanced Romeo and Juliet, that spins and arcs its way strangely toward tragedy.
I have struggled with my review of the brilliant, lyrical, and beautiful book entitled Miss Entropia and the Adam Bomb for fear my review would become a rambling, gushing mess. I cannot wait any longer to share my thoughts on this book, so please keep in mind I did warn it may be a rambling mess of gushing. Miss Entropia and the Adam Bomb by George Rabasa is narrated over several years by Adam Webb, a frequent client at the Institute Loiseaux, ‘Tute for short, an institution for the wealthy, mentally ill, or as Adam refers to the clientele, “cleverly completed”. While the reader knows the outcome before Adam’s story is ever told, it is still a surprise as the reader becomes so intertwined with Adam’s life. Adam’s story is both hilarious and heart-breaking, which makes this book such a compelling book to read. Adam is a kid I would have liked to meet. On his fourth trip back to the ‘Tute, he meets Francine Haggard, or as she prefers, Miss Entropia, or Pia for short. Adam feels an immediate attraction to this girl who is the living embodiment of the Hindu Goddess Kali. Miss Entropia and the Adam Bomb exposes the rawest of human emotion, the need for love and acceptance, and exposes the deepest and darkest places where illness can hide. Adam’s infatuation with Pia goes far and beyond obsessive as he worships her. He speaks of his family, the faculty of the ‘Tute, and naturally, of Pia. Each character is vividly detailed and portrayed so the reader will have no difficulty visualising each individual. I was so impressed with Rabasa’s writing I did not want the book to end and that is the mark of an excellent writer. I look forward to reading more books by George Rabasa and I highly recommend Miss Entropia and the Adam Bomb to every reader.
George Rabasa’s most recent book, The Wonder Singer, was published by Unbridled Books in 2008. A collection of short stories, Glass Houses, received The Writer’s Voice Capricorn Award for Excellence in Fiction and the Minnesota Book Award for Short Stories. His novel, Floating Kingdom received the Minnesota Book Award for Fiction. Another novel, The Cleansing, was named a Book Sense Notable. His short fiction has appeared in various literary magazines, such as Story Quarterly, Glimmer Train, The MacGuffin, South Carolina Quarterly, Hayden’s Ferry, American Literary Review, and in several anthologies. Rabasa was born in Maine, raised in Mexico, and now lives in Minnesota.
To learn more about George Rabasa or his books please visit his website.
I received a complimentary ARC Miss Entropia and the Adam Bomb by George Rabasa from Unbridled Books. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.